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Can Your Diet Affect Breathalyzer Results?

Many people are trying out the keto diet, as it can make one rapidly shed pounds. However, this type of diet may have unwanted side effects, especially when an officer stops someone on suspicion of DUI. What are the side effects?

Florida officials take drinking and driving seriously. In 2017, alcohol consumption was a key factor in over 5,000 crashes, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If the police pull you over on suspicion of a DUI and test your blood alcohol content, can your diet give the reading a false positive?

Keto diet

The keto diet, a diet where people aim to have a low carb intake and a high fat intake, which puts the body into ketosis. According to the International Journal of Obesity, keto can result in isopropyl alcohol in the breath, which can trick a breathalyzer into a false positive result.

Other conditions that can affect results

The keto diet is not the only condition that cause there to be a positive alcohol reading in one’s breath, and it is crucial to be aware of the conditions before taking a breath test. What else can affect breathalyzer results?

  • Diabetes
  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • Fasting
  • Other weight loss diets

These are conditions that can create a false reading on a breathalyzer, as they can produce alcohol in one’s breath. It is important to have a good defense strategy if you think you are a victim of a false breathalyzer reading.

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